Orioles Drop Fourth in a Row in Extra Innings
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Posted Apr 14, 2011

The Yankees rally late to sweep the O's in extra innings.

The Orioles fell 6-5 to the Yankees in extra innings to end the two game series. Mariano Rivera got his first win of the season and Mike Gonzalez recorded his first loss.

Jake Arrieta had an undefeated 2-0 career record versus the Yankees with a 3.65 ERA coming in to tonight’s game. He went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out two. Arrieta brought his ERA down to 7.04 after his work on the night.

The Orioles jumped out early in the third inning. Cesar Izturis singled to left field and Nick Markakis then went deep to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead.

Reynolds added another run in the fourth inning, just missing a homerun, with a sacrifice fly following a double by Luke Scott, who moved to third on a grounder by Adam Jones.

Markakis continued his dominance against Phil Hughes—9 for 26 lifetime against the pitcher—in the fifth inning with a double to right field. Izturis, who bunted a single and moved around to third, scored on the hit. Vladimir Guerrero singled to left field after with Markakis coming around to score.

Hughes came into the game 4-2 lifetime against the Birds with a 5.04 ERA. He went 4.1 innings after giving up five runs on seven hits. He brought his ERA for the season up to 13.94. Hughes walked none and struck out two.

The Yankees ended Arrieta’s no-hit bid in the fifth when Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano doubled back to back, scoring one run. Arrieta had retired eight in a row prior to the first hit.

They made some more noise in the sixth against the Orioles starter. Russell Martin started it off with a single but was erased on a fielder’s choice by Brett Gardner. Derek Jeter singled up the middle and Mark Teixeira followed with a double that scored Gardner. Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score the Yankees their third run.

Jason Berken took the mound in relief in the seventh inning. He got into trouble early, walking the lead-off Nick Swisher. Posada struck out before Curtis Granderson doubled. Martin grounded out to shortstop but Swisher came around to score, pulling the Yankees within one.

The Yankees got a big break at the plate in the eighth. Felix Pie came on as a pinch runner for Scott and got around to third base on a single by Jones. He attempted to score on a wild pitch but was called out on a close play.

Jim Johnson pitched the eighth inning, retiring two before giving up back to back singles to Rodriguez and Cano. He got Swisher to ground out to end the inning.

Kevin Gregg went for the save but gave up a homerun to Posada on his first pitch, tying the game.

Yankee relievers went 4.2 scoreless innings to finish out regular innings, holding the Orioles to just three hits. They combined for five strike outs and one walk.

Mariano Rivera took the mound for the Yankees in the tenth, giving up only a single to Markakis who was on a double play by Derrek Lee. Mike Gonzalez started off the extra innings for the O’s. He allowed a leadoff walk to Teixeira. Rodriguez doubled to left field, moving Teixeira to third base. Nick Swisher got the game winning sacrifice fly.

Guerrero continued his seven game hitting streak with a 2-5 night.

Zach Britton (2-0) will start tomorrow’s game in Cleveland against Justin Masterson (2-0).

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